Stok Kangri 6154 m (eight,812 ft) is one among our high 10 trekking peaks on this planet.
Easy accessibility from the vacationer city of Leh, Ladakh.
At a Look
Location: Ladakh, India
Distance: 20 km, a method
Elevation Acquire: 2,686 m (20,190 ft)
Most Elevation: 6154 m (eight,812 ft)
Mountaineering Time: three – Four days plus no less than per week to acclimatize.
Finest occasions to hike: June – September
An unimaginable sense of accomplishment
Straightforward to entry (in comparison with different 6000+ m Himalayan Peaks)
Mountaineering expertise not required (until going unguided)
Assembly adventurers from world wide
Shut encounter with wild blue sheep
Elevation: Take time to acclimatize and think about packing acetazolamide (Diamox). Be taught the indicators of Acute Mountain Illness (AMS) and be ready to chop your journey brief or postpone it till you might be acclimatized. AMS can progress into the lethal Excessive-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or Excessive-altitude cerebral edema (HACE). Additionally, keep in mind that the scant oxygen will sluggish you down lots.
Climate: Much less oxygen makes every part appear colder and the temperature felt prefer it was round -10 ° C (14° F) on the high. Don’t be fooled by studies that Ladakh is a desert. Deliver a rain jacket. It will possibly additionally get extremely popular, so come ready to guard your self from the solar.
Glacier Journey and Steep Terrain: There’s a brief glacier crossing adopted by plenty of steep, uncovered terrain. Use rope, crampons, and an ice axe, and both learn to use them or rent a information.
Darkish: A midnight begin is required to reap the benefits of the glacier whereas it’s exhausting and icy. Travelling on the aforementioned terrain at nighttime carries some apparent dangers.
Water: The camps present boiled water, however bringing your personal filter or water remedy tablets/drops provides you with extra choices.
To get to Leh (Ladakh’s largest city), both fly or drive overland from Delhi. The most cost effective method is to catch a bus to Manali, then one other bus on the Leh-Manali freeway to Leh. The bus trip from Manali to Leh takes 17 hours and is greatest cut up into two days. A nonstop bus prices Rs 833 (12 USD) and the 2-day journey prices Rs 2900 (40 USD).
Should you don’t need to sit on a crowded bus as you go over a few of the world’s highest motorable passes, you may rent a personal or shared taxi from Manali for round Rs 20 000 – 30 000 (290-420 USD. Manali is a pleasant city and value a couple of days’ go to.
The highway is open in the summertime months and is vulnerable to closures from landslides and flooding. It’s slender, tough, and windy – not for the faint of coronary heart. It additionally accommodates one of many world’s highest motorable passes, and several other extra over 5000 m. Just about everybody I do know (myself included) received altitude illness going over the passes. Leh may also be accessed by way of the Srinagar Leh freeway, however the highway is longer and topic to the identical closures.
Flying is the best and cheaper than hiring a personal taxi. A one-way flight from Delhi to Leh will likely be round $100 – $200 USD and can take 1 hour 20 minutes. We went overland on the way in which there and flew out.
Getting from Leh to the trailhead at Stok Village is a fast taxi or bus trip.
Meals and Lodging
Lodging and eating places are plentiful in Stok Village and Leh.
There are three camps on the way in which up Stok Kangri: Chang Ma, Mankorma, and Base Camp. All serve meals and have tents obtainable for trekkers. The tents all have sleeping pads, however they aren’t very heat or comfy. Deliver your personal sleeping bag. Additionally, Chang Ma solely had a couple of tents obtainable.
Information or No Information?
Most individuals select to rent a information for climbing Stok Kangri. You possibly can rent one at base camp or in Leh, and it’s pretty cheap. Whether or not you rent a information in Leh or base camp, the associated fee will likely be roughly the identical for a Four-day trek. Ask round in Leh for present prices of each, as issues can fluctuate from 12 months to 12 months. You can even be a part of an expedition full with ponies, cooks, and cozy tent.
Be part of an Expedition if:
You don’t need to waste time planning.
You don’t need to carry your stuff.
You need to be comfy.
Get a information if:
You haven’t any mountaineering expertise.
You favor being secure.
You haven’t had a lot time to acclimatize (they may also help you down should you get AMS).
The climbing situations aren’t nice.
Take into account skipping a information if:
You will have mountaineering expertise.
You’re assured that you’re properly acclimatized.
You just like the independence of mountain climbing alone.
The situations are good.
Rope, harnesses, crampons, gaiters, and ice axes might be rented in Leh or on the base camp. It’s barely cheaper to lease from Leh, and the gear might be higher, however which means lugging it uphill at excessive altitudes for 2 days. You possibly can lease sleeping luggage too, however I’d advise bringing your personal.
Your boots ought to be ankle excessive with a reasonably stiff sole to allow them to be worn with crampons. Mountaineering boots should not wanted. Additionally, don’t forget your headlamp and further batteries. You’ll be climbing at nighttime for a lot of the summit day.
Get the allow from the Indian Mountaineering Basis (IMF) workplace within the Mentokling restaurant for 50 USD. You could go proper into the restaurant to seek out the workplace. It’s cheaper on the IMF workplace, however shopping for it at base camp would possibly prevent some cash should you don’t find yourself climbing. Yow will discover present allow costs right here.
Our Price Breakdown
For two individuals in 2017
Taxi from Leh to Stok Village: Rs 1900 (27 USD)
Tent keep, together with meals: Rs 6000 (87 USD)
Leases of rope, harness, ice axe, and crampons: Rs 1500 (22 USD)
Complete: Rs 8400 (121 USD)
Hiring a information from base camp would have price and extra Rs 8000 (115 USD)
We had been in Ladakh for practically a month at this level, and had been trekking for many of that point, so we opted to do it in three days. Truly, we had deliberate 4, however dragged ourselves all the way in which again to Stok Village on summit day. Regardless of the brief days, the night time at Mankorma is crucial to acclimatization.
Day 1 – Stok Village to Mankorma camp
Elevation Acquire: 823 m (2,700 ft)
Distance: 9 km (5.6 miles)
Mountaineering Time: Four hours
Chang Ma Camp is at 5.5 km (three.Four miles) and makes a great spot to cease for lunch or tea
Photograph: Pack ponies have been extra widespread than individuals alongside the path.
Day 2 – Mankorma camp to base camp
Elevation Acquire: 610 m (2000 ft)
Distance: Four km (2.5 miles)
Mountaineering Time: 2 hours
Woke as much as blue sheep lingering close to our tent.
We took an acclimatization stroll to the ridge above camp although most individuals opted to go all the way in which to the glacier.
Day three – Base camp to summit and again to Stok Village
Elevation Acquire: 1,223 m (4012 ft) ascent, 2,629 m (eight,625 ft) descent
Distance: 7 km(Four.three miles) to the summit, 20 km (12.Four miles) return to Stok
Mountaineering Time: 12 hours to summit, 16 hours complete
12:00 AM departure from base camp to cross the glacier earlier than it softens up
We deliberate to remain one other night time, however I used to be having bother respiratory and loitering round all day didn’t seem to be enjoyable.
Yow will discover the entire story of our Stok Kangri climb on Overview Outdoor right here.